Posted by Apricot Law on 01/02/2020

Types of Reasonable Accommodations for Disabled Employees

Types of Reasonable Accommodations for Disabled Employees

If you have a disability but you’re still able to work, you may wonder how to identify disability discrimination when it occurs. As a disabled employee, you have rights, and one of these rights includes the right to reasonable accommodation. If your employer denies you reasonable accommodation, they’re discriminating against you and you can hold them accountable.

There are many types of reasonable accommodation you can request, depending on your disability; however, an employer isn’t required to provide accommodation if it puts unnecessary financial hardship on the company or requires a large time commitment.

A Maryland employment lawyer can help you learn what accommodations are reasonable and file a claim if you feel your employer discriminated against you. 

Modified Work Schedules

As a disabled employee, you can request that your employer change your work schedule or the change the company’s leave policy to accommodate your disability. Some disabilities that may require a flexible work schedule or part-time work include those needing specific medical treatment, those who need regular rest periods, or those affected by eating or sleep schedules.

Changing a work schedule shouldn’t disqualify you from obtaining a job unless the job duties specifically require you to work at a specific time. An employer can choose a more qualified candidate over you as long as they aren’t choosing that candidate over you specifically because you have a disability.

Purchase of Equipment and Devices

There are many pieces of equipment and special devices an employer can buy for little money that can make it easier for disabled employees to perform their job functions. Some of this equipment can include teletypewriters, telecommunications devices, text telephones, or video phones that make it easier for people with speech and hearing impairments.

Other devices that can help disabled employees include telephone amplifiers, software to enlarge print on computers, telephone headsets, talking calculators, adjustable-height desks, hand- and foot-operated office equipment, and Braille printers.

Training

Employers should provide reasonable accommodation for disabled employees during training so they can succeed in their position in the same way other employees do. Reasonable accommodation may include holding training in an accessible location and providing training in accessible formats.   

Changes in Work Policies

If an employer has a work policy in place that prevents a disabled employee from performing their job effectively, the employer may have to provide reasonable accommodation for the disabled employee by changing their workplace policy. 

For example, if the workplace policy doesn’t allow animals at work or prohibits eating at desks, then the employer may change these policies for a blind employee who needs a service animal or for a diabetic employee who must eat frequently throughout the day. 

Know Your Rights and Protect Them

Knowing your rights as a disabled employee is key. The accommodations you need will be specific to your disability, and you can request these accommodations from your employer after accepting a job offer. If your employer refuses to provide you with a reasonable accommodation, you can discuss your situation with an employment lawyer. Whatever you do, make sure you stand up for what you deserve.


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